What a good day we’ve had so far! The weather has been absolutely perfect – sunny, temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s, and just a bit of a breeze. Perfect for walking around Versailles! That’s really been the only thing we’ve done today, actually. And that’s fine by me. 🙂
We were hoping to start our day at Café Varenne, but we didn’t make it there…again. But hey, that’s okay! We just need to get our butts in gear a little bit earlier tomorrow morning so we can make it over there in time for breakfast. Or maybe we should just accept the fact that we won’t make it in time for breakfast and have lunch there instead.
Getting back to Versailles, we found that it was really easy to get there. Versailles is a little ways out from the center of Paris, so you can’t use a standard Metro ticket to get there. However, it is located on the RER line, which is the train system for Paris and its suburbs. After doing a bit of internet sleuthing, we discovered we just needed to go to our local Metro station, buy a ticket to Versailles, and head out. The machine had an English option, so it was super easy to navigate the menus and select Versailles as our destination. The station is called Versailles-Château – Rive Gauche and a round-trip ticket was €6.70 per person, so it was very affordable and pretty quick (about a 40-minute train ride from the Invalides Metro station).
As a building (and surrounding grounds), Versailles is pretty amazing! The various rooms, fixtures, etc. are very opulent – it really feels like the former palace and home of royalty that it is. Although it functions primarily as a museum and tourist attraction these days, it is still used for some political functions as well.
What’s that you say? You want some pictures of our day at Versailles? Check ’em out below!
The famous Hall of Mirrors
We stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at a little Italian place around the corner from our apartment and got this amazing food
It’s barely 7p right now, so the day isn’t over yet! We purposely ate an early dinner because we’re going to do a little picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower this evening. I’ve been saying that we need to see the tower lit up at night and what better way to do that than with a picnic? After that, we’ll hopefully be meeting up with a friend of ours who happens to be in Paris for work right now. Should be a great night!